How to Survive Public Accounting and the CPA Exam

CPA Exam prep rockstars Peter Olinto and Roger Philipp join Blake and David to discuss the evolution of the CPA Exam over time, the importance of making studying entertaining, and challenges facing the accounting profession like public accounting burnout. Both Olinto and Philipp believe competition between CPA review courses drives innovation and helps students pass the exam, and they aim to make studying engaging through humor, memory techniques, and technology.

  • (00:38) - Where did you learn to make CPA exam prep entertaining?
  • (05:18) - Do you have any nightmare CPA exam stories?
  • (10:45) - What does the current CPA exam look like and what's changing in 2024?
  • (14:33) - Do you think the CPA exam changes will help the pipeline?
  • (17:18) - Have CPA exam pass rates gone up with the 5th-year requirement?
  • (20:05) - How did you both get involved with UWorld?
  • (23:05) - Advice for accountants struggling to balance studying with their work and lives
  • (29:30) - How are you dealing with reduced attention spans
  • (36:37) - Do you tell students to diet and exercise as part of exam prep?
  • (42:11) - Peter's famous coffee offer
  • (43:07) - Why do you think young accountants are leaving the profession?
  • (51:19) - The problem with work-life balance versus billable hours
  • (59:15) - Wrap up and where to find out more about UWorld

Meet Our Guests:

Peter Olinto

Roger Philipp, CPA, CGMA

Show Notes

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How to Survive Public Accounting and the CPA Exam
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